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Middle Eastern Lentil Soup (Shorabet Adas)

Middle Eastern Lentil Soup (shorabet adas) in a bowl topped with lemon

This classic Middle Eastern lentil soup is also known as shorabet adas. It is incredible how a few simple ingredients make such a phenomenal dish. This soup is vegan, naturally gluten-free, and super easy to prepare. My mom often made this or freekeh soup, especially during Ramadan growing up. I now do the same for my family. It has such great flavor and a smooth velvety texture. We love to serve this with crispy pita chips and a fresh squeeze of lemon.

Almost every region has its own take on this lentil soup. Some may add potatoes; others may prefer it porridge-like. There is no right or wrong. However, this is the way my Palestinian family has always made it and enjoyed it. All you need are a few basic ingredients and seasonings and you will have a delicious soup ready in no time.

Middle Eastern Lentil Soup (shorabet adas)
Middle Eastern Lentil Soup

What lentils are used in this Middle Eastern Lentil Soup?

For this soup, red lentils are used instead of the brown or green variety. This gives it its traditional taste and color, unlike other lentils, which have a different texture, taste, and longer cooking time. You can find red lentils in almost any market especially ethnic grocery stores.

Red Lentils used in Middle Eastern Lentil Soup
Red Lentils used in Middle Eastern Lentil Soup

How is this soup served?

Typically, this is served with fresh lemon wedges and pita chips. The pita chips offer a crispy textural component to the dish, making it more hearty. You can see how I make homemade baked pita chips in my fatteh recipe. This would be added before serving, so it doesn’t get soggy. The fresh lemon should also be squeezed over the top to your liking just before serving. I enjoy lots of lemon with this soup because of its acidity and freshness.

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Let me know what you think of this Middle Eastern red lentil soup when you give this recipe a try by leaving a rating and review below!

Middle Eastern Lentil Soup (shorabet adas) in a bowl topped with lemon
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5 from 25 votes

Creamy Lentil Soup

A delicious vegan soup that is made in under 30 min with just a few ingredients and one pot!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Arabic
Keyword: creamy soup, Fufus Kitchen, healthy recipes, lentil soup, vegan recipes, vegan soup
Servings: 5 bowls
Author: Heifa


  • 1.5 cups Red Lentils
  • 6 cups Water or Vegetable stock
  • 1 Bouillon Cube
  • 1 cup Carrots chopped
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric

What to serve this soup with:

  • Lemon wedges
  • Pita chips


  • In a pot, add the olive oil. To that, add the onions, garlic, and carrots. Add salt and pepper to this and then saute for 5 minutes until fragrant.
  • To that, add the lentils and saute for a few minutes. Season with the cumin, turmeric, and crushed bouillon cube. Mix together.
  • Add the cooking liquid and bring this mixture to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, bring down to a simmer. Let this cook for about 25 minutes until the carrots are tender.
  • Once tender, use an immersion blender to puree this soup until creamy. If you do not have an immersion blender, then pour the contents of the soup into a regular blender for a minute until smooth.
  • Enjoy with crispy pita chips and fresh lemon juice!
Middle Eastern Lentil Soup (Shorabet Adas)
Middle Eastern Lentil Soup (Shorabet Adas)

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  1. 5 stars
    One of the best lentil soup recipes I’ve tried! Super simple and the soup comes out very flavorful. Thanks Fufu!

      1. 5 stars
        I am not a lentil soup fan, but my husband requested it for Ramadan. I used this recipe from your e-book and I actually love the soup!! I think it’s the mix of carrots, but either way, it’s a hit with the husband and a lentil soup I truly enjoy. I also love how easy it is to make!

      2. 5 stars
        My hubby loves shorabet adas, but I growing up I thought it tasted like paper lol. But in adulthood I have grown to like it. My hubby is sick and I thought is giving making it a try. This recipe is super easy to follow and the soup tasted great. I’m definitely making this again.

  2. Looks amazing . Can’t wait to try. May I ask if it is possible to cook the soup without the bouillon cube?

  3. 5 stars
    Making it second time today, i did not have boullion, so i added half a cube chicken stock and half teaspoon 7 spices. Thank youu! Tastes good

  4. 5 stars
    Made this tonight, with chicken stock instead of vegetable stock. Absolutely delicious, will definitely make again in the future!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this tonight! Perfect for a cold Monday night. Lots of flavour and no ingredients I don’t already have in the pantry or freezer.

  6. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried lentil soup let alone make it before this and omg!!! It was so delicious and so easy to whip up. Such an amazing and hearty starter! My husband and I loved this recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! So so simple yet really flavoursome and delicious. Will definitely come back to this one again and again inshaAllah!

  8. 5 stars
    I have never been a fan of lentil soup until I tried this recipe. I started making this last Ramadan when I bought your ebook and now, a year later, can still say this is the only lentil soup I still like! Flavorful and it’s a hit with guests too!

  9. 5 stars
    This is so easy to make and so so delicious. This is the first time I have ever left a review on a recipe before ever. I just loved it so much and will definitely be making it again❤️

  10. 5 stars
    I just used this recipe yesterday for iftar. I have a lentil soup recipe (Turkish) already but love that this one is super simple and full of flavour! Went down a treat and will definitely be entering my recipe book.

  11. 5 stars
    This is my new FAVORITE soup! I made it today for meal prep for the week, and it came out perfect. I added a little curry powder, and it was amazing. I served it with rice too. It’s my new go-to soup. Thank you, Heifa!

  12. 5 stars
    When I went to college, I moved to Chicago and my first job was in a restaurant owned by a Jordanian man. (Oasis Cafe on Wabash!) I loved the lentil soup, hummus, baba ghanouj, and falafel he made. To this day, 20 years later, I still compare every Mediterranean dish I have to Oasis Cafe’s.

    While the Oasis version was a bit thinner and time may have eroded my memory on flavors, this recipe is the closest to the essence of the lentil soup from Oasis as I think I’ve had! I’ve made many red lentil soup recipes I found on the internet, and this is my favorite by far. It is a great soup for cold weather. Thank you!

  13. 5 stars
    Recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and I’m trying to eat more lentils/increase the fiber in my diet. This was so quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious. Don’t skimp on the lemon it really takes it to the next level. Next time, instead of carrots, I might try adding some cauliflower rice instead.

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